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Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead but the questions his elimination raises are more alive than ever
World

Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead but the questions his elimination raises are more alive than ever

The bad news is that the Taliban faction governing Afghanistan today is even more operationally and ideologically aligned with Al Qaeda than the old Afghan Taliban leadership

Explained: How the US planned and executed the killing of World No 1 terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri
World

Explained: How the US planned and executed the killing of World No 1 terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri

In a secret operation that was planned for months, the US took out Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. He was standing on the balcony of a safe house in Afghanistan’s Kabul when hit by two Hellfire missiles

CIA picks Indian-origin IT expert Nand Mulchandani as its first Chief Intelligence Officer
World

CIA picks Indian-origin IT expert Nand Mulchandani as its first Chief Intelligence Officer

Prior to joining the CIA, Mulchandani most recently served as the CTO and Acting Director of DoD's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Punjab police busts terror module behind Nawanshahr CIA office grenade attack, 3 held
India

Punjab police busts terror module behind Nawanshahr CIA office grenade attack, 3 held

On the intervening night of 7 and 8 November last year, unidentified people had hurled a hand grenade at the CIA office in Nawanshahr, but the officials present at the office had escaped unhurt

'Havana Syndrome' is not a foreign power campaign, concludes CIA
World

'Havana Syndrome' is not a foreign power campaign, concludes CIA

Some US officials previously alleged the cases of US diplomats suffering mysterious headaches and nausea could have been caused by Russian microwave attacks, but scientists expressed doubts about the theory and said there was not one affliction or cause of the reported cases

Russia, China, Pakistan hunting down CIA sources and turning them into double agents, says top-secret cable
World

Russia, China, Pakistan hunting down CIA sources and turning them into double agents, says top-secret cable

The loss of informants, former officials said, is not a new problem. But the cable demonstrated the issue is more urgent than is publicly understood

Obsessed with Assange, Mike Pompeo wanted WikiLeaks founder kidnapped, assassinated or poisoned, claims report
World

Obsessed with Assange, Mike Pompeo wanted WikiLeaks founder kidnapped, assassinated or poisoned, claims report

The Yahoo News investigation is based on conversations with more than 30 former US officials

Joe Biden determined to complete Afghanistan pullout by 31 August despite pressure from G7 leaders
World

Joe Biden determined to complete Afghanistan pullout by 31 August despite pressure from G7 leaders

"The sooner we can finish, the better," Biden said of the plan to evacuate Americans, Afghan nationals and US troops from Taliban-controlled Kabul

Amrullah Saleh vows not to 'bow to Talib terrorists': All you need to know about Afghanistan's 'caretaker president'
World

Amrullah Saleh vows not to 'bow to Talib terrorists': All you need to know about Afghanistan's 'caretaker president'

While there is no official confirmation on Amrullah Saleh's whereabouts, it appears that he has retreated to Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley northeast of Kabul, which is still free from Taliban control

New China book provides valuable handbook for Indian negotiators, but with some missing context and nuance
World

New China book provides valuable handbook for Indian negotiators, but with some missing context and nuance

The rise of China is a challenge India cannot win, unless it restructures its own administrative capabilities, and revolutionises its society

Spiral movie review: Chris Rock's Saw reboot proves final nail in the coffin for tortuous franchise
Entertainment

Spiral movie review: Chris Rock's Saw reboot proves final nail in the coffin for tortuous franchise

The film's attempt to rejig a creatively insolvent series proves to be as futile as its killer's attempts to reform the criminal justice system.

Jason Matthews, author of the Red Sparrow espionage thrillers, dies at 69
Arts & Culture

Jason Matthews, author of the Red Sparrow espionage thrillers, dies at 69

Red Sparrow, published in 2013, was a neo-Cold War tale that introduced readers to CIA man Nathaniel Nash and to the former Russian ballerina Dominika Egorova, recruited by her uncle as a 'sparrow,' trained in the art of 'sexpionage - sexual entrapment, carnal black-mail, moral compromise.'

US law enforcement and researchers point to Kremlin providing aid, protection to ransomware rackets
World

US law enforcement and researchers point to Kremlin providing aid, protection to ransomware rackets

The value of Kremlin protection isn’t lost on the cybercriminals themselves. Earlier this year, a Russian-language dark-web forum lit up with criticism of a ransomware purveyor known only as 'Bugatti', whose gang had been caught in a rare US-Europol sting.

US to release report linking Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to Jamal Khashoggi murder
World

US to release report linking Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to Jamal Khashoggi murder

Former US president Donald Trump's administration had avoided making the classified report public or naming Prince Mohammed in the case in order to strengthen relations with Riyadh

CIA declassifies hundreds of official docs on UFO sightings, research from 1970s onwards
World

CIA declassifies hundreds of official docs on UFO sightings, research from 1970s onwards

A dossier filled with files on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) was published on The Black Vault website on Thursday.

President-elect Joe Biden picks William Burns as CIA chief; career diplomat set stage for Iran nuclear deal
World

President-elect Joe Biden picks William Burns as CIA chief; career diplomat set stage for Iran nuclear deal

Burns has deep experience in security and intelligence matters after spending over three decades in the US foreign service, including a stint as ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008

Ex-Trump campaign aide files lawsuit against FBI and US Justice Department over ‘unlawful surveillance'
World

Ex-Trump campaign aide files lawsuit against FBI and US Justice Department over ‘unlawful surveillance'

Carter Page, a former Trump aide, has received death and kidnapping threats, suffered economic losses and 'irreparable damage to his reputation', according to the lawsuit filed in a federal court in Washington

Hassan Rouhani accuses Israel of assassinating Iran's top nuclear scientist, vows revenge
World

Hassan Rouhani accuses Israel of assassinating Iran's top nuclear scientist, vows revenge

After years of being in the shadows, the image of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh suddenly was to be seen everywhere in Iranian media, as his widow spoke on state television and officials publicly demanded revenge on Israel for the scientist's slaying

Donald Trump fires Mark Esper, defence secretary who opposed use of troops on US streets
World

Donald Trump fires Mark Esper, defence secretary who opposed use of troops on US streets

Esper was aware that he was likely to be fired, but Pentagon officials said he hoped to continue serving as long as possible